January 2018

ZeroStack Debuts New Operational Features for Its Self-Driving Cloud

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ZeroStack, Inc., creators of a self-driving on-premises cloud, today announced a host of new features that further streamline operations for IT administrators and DevOps Workbench end users. Already renowned for its point-and-click self-provisioning and operational simplicity, ZeroStack's self-driving cloud now sports new, advanced capabilities that further reduce IT overhead while giving end users greater flexibility.

The features include:

UKCloud Promotion Offers Cloud Storage and Disaster Recovery for Three Months for Free

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UKCloud, the easy to adopt, easy to use and easy to leave assured cloud services company announces that it is offering its public sector and healthcare customers Cloud Storage or Disaster Recovery to the Cloud services completely free for three months. Open to both existing and new customers, the promotion applies to all orders for new workloads placed by 31 March 2018.

"With many of our customers facing budgetary challenges over the remainder of this financial year, we wanted to do all that we could to assist their transition to the cloud," said Simon Hansford, CEO of UKCloud. "Not only does this promotion offer excellent value, but our multi-cloud platform with flexible contractual arrangements means that public sector organisations can migrate to the cloud quickly and realise the tremendous costs savings of cloud computing without fear of lock-in."

Turbonomic Showcases Workload Automation for Hybrid Cloud at Cisco Live Europe

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Turbonomic, which delivers workload automation for hybrid cloud, announced details of its platinum-level sponsorship of Cisco Live at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona. Experts from Turbonomic will demonstrate the latest technologies for automating and optimizing today's complex hybrid cloud infrastructures at booth P1. 

By 2020, 83% of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud (LogicMonitor,'Cloud Vision 2020: The Future of the Cloud Study'). This transformation introduces an ever-increasing set of complex tradeoffs for IT staff, such as whether to place workloads on-premises or public cloud, when and how to scale up or scale out workloads, and what resources to allocate without overprovisioning. To de-risk this transformation, IT organizations are turning to self-managing and real-time workloads. Ben Nye, CEO at Turbonomic, will explain how to use workload automation to optimize hybrid cloud estates at the C-Max Theatre on Thursday 1st February at 14:30 CET. In this session, Nye will also discuss how Turbonomic and Cisco are working together to assure application performance at the lowest cost, while maintaining compliance policies across hybrid cloud estates. 
 

Duco Announces $28M Growth Investment for Data Engineering in the Cloud

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Duco, the data engineering technology company, today announced the completion of a $28m investment round by Insight Venture Partners, NEX Opportunities and Eight Roads Ventures. The round also includes an investment by lifetime entrepreneur and former CEO of SunGard, Cristóbal Conde.

Duco provides technology that enables banks, brokers, asset managers and exchanges to normalise, validate and reconcile any type of data in Duco's cloud, providing firms with on-demand data integrity and insight. The company has seen rapid and global growth as the industry re-platforms, adopting advances in leading technology to eliminate operational risk and cost and making actionable data more immediately available across the enterprise. Duco will use the investment to expand its global footprint, with headcount growth in Europe and the US, the launch of an Asia office and an expansion of its award-winning product set.

BMC Integrates AWS Service Catalog with BMC Digital Workplace for Simplified Access to Cloud Services

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BMC
, a global leader in IT solutions for the digital enterprise, today announced it has integrated AWS Service Catalog into the BMC service catalog, part of the BMC Digital Workplace solution, delivering one-click self-service to the products and services employees need to be productive. The collaboration builds on BMC's existing efforts to help customers move enterprise workloads to Amazon Web Services (AWS) faster in a secure, low-risk, and cost-effective way. The BMC Digital Workplace solution becomes the single interface for customers to provision AWS as well as industry-leading multi-cloud management and IT service management solutions from BMC. 

"A key focus of our multi-cloud management strategy is to empower our customers to migrate and utilize cloud services easier and more confidently," said Bill Berutti, President, Enterprise Solutions at BMC. "Integrating AWS Service Catalog into our service catalog, alongside BMC's industry-leading solutions, reduces complexity and enables one-stop shopping for enterprise cloud service provisioning and management. We're excited about this significant step in our relationship with AWS, and to showcase this integrated service catalog at AWS Sales Kickoff 2018."

Kaminario Enters Cloud Service Provider Market with Launch of Software-Defined Composable Data Platform

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Kaminario, a leading cloud storage software company, today announced it is entering the cloud service provider market with the availability of Kaminario Cloud Fabric, a new software-defined storage offering. Cloud Fabric leverages the same composable data platform behind Kaminario's all-flash storage appliance, the Kaminario K2. Kaminario's composable data platform incorporates the VisionOS software operating platform and the Clarity analytics suite. Cloud Fabric delivers software-defined agility with the proven technology capability and enterprise-class features that earned Kaminario K2 the highest ranking in three out of five use cases compared to 19 all-flash arrays evaluated in Gartner's 2017 Critical Capabilities Report.

The software-defined datacenter (SDDC) is a key enabler to delivering next-generation cloud services.  While a small group of hyper scale service providers have pioneered the SDDC concept with their own proprietary engineering efforts, the level of technology investment required is not practical for the vast majority of enterprise or cloud service provider IT organizations.  Kaminario Cloud Fabric provides a path for cloud service providers to embrace the SDDC paradigm without developing their own proprietary data management software stack.

 

Zoho Launches Cloud App Integration Platform, Zoho Flow

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Zoho today launched Zoho Flow, a drag-and-drop integration platform that allows users to create flexible workflows between cloud applications. By automating information exchange across apps, Zoho Flow helps users save the time and effort spent on manual tasks in their business processes.

Users can create integration workflows, called Flows, without having to write any code. For more common needs, they can also install pre-built Flows from the Flow gallery.

"Most companies depend on multiple apps to manage their business functions. But the integrations needed to coordinate these functions efficiently are often too complicated for them to build by themselves," said Raju Vegesna, Chief Evangelist, Zoho Corp. "With Zoho Flow, we're enabling businesses build seamless integrations without having to depend on technical help."

Moonwalk Universal Announces Certification for Cloudian HyperStore

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Moonwalk Universal, a specialist in large-scale data management solutions, today announced certification for Cloudian HyperStore.

Cloudian HyperStore lets users grow to hundreds of petabytes on-premises simply by adding nodes and leveraging the proven interoperability of the industry's only 100% native S3 API. Whether for on-premises storage, hybrid cloud, or multi-cloud storage services, Cloudian HyperStore saves time, saves cost, and puts users in control.

With the latest release, Moonwalk version 12.3 brings file control and automation to enterprise storage infrastructure and intelligently moves file content to the appropriate location - on-premise object stores, offsite storage or cloud services.

How to confidently move your business online

If you are worried about moving your business online, it is vital that you take the time to evaluate your options. As an entrepreneur, you need to be able to trust your instincts and use them to make important decisions. It is never a good idea to push through with a project when you are feeling unsure and anxious. That is why you have to take control of the process and find a way to feel excited about your next step. To confidently move your business online, you will have to pay close attention to the following pieces of advice.

Do your research

Before you make any big decisions, it is important that you do your research. Researching is the perfect opportunity for you to find out whether or not an online business is right for you. Why not create a pros and cons list? You could also create a detailed plan for your move online. Perhaps you would feel more comfortable taking things one step at a time. For instance, you could set up a website to boost the profile of your online brand. Then, you could eventually establish your own online store and delivery service. There is no shame in testing the water before you take the plunge.

The Multi-Cloud Kubernetes Based Containers-as-a-Service Platform You've Been Waiting for is Finally Here

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Containership, the company behind the popular Containers-as-a-Service platform, Containership Cloud, announced today the release of Containership 3.0. This release is the first in a series that sees the company rebasing its platform on top of the popular Kubernetes container orchestration system. In recent months, Kubernetes has emerged as the leading system for managing containerized workloads in both startups and enterprise businesses. This release will allow for developers and operators to connect their Kubernetes environments to Containership Cloud, and provide a simplified interface for handling deployment, management, and maintenance of infrastructure no matter where it is running. Containership 3.0 allows for the management of clusters from a single pane of glass that is now responsive and mobile friendly, a first for any Container-as-a-Service platform.

Included in this release is support for the following Kubernetes resources, and Containership specific add-on features:

ThinPrint Cloud Services' ezeep Dash Now Available for Easy Print Management Without Servers

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ThinPrint Cloud Services, a subsidiary of the print solution experts ThinPrint, announces the availability of its new printing solution ezeep Dash. With the new solution, printers and printer drivers are fully managed via a clearly organized portal. ezeep Dash doesn't require any server and users print locally eliminating the need for an internet connection to the portal. 

With ezeep Dash, companies can easily move their entire print management system to the cloud. Printers are defined and assigned to users thanks to a clearly organized web console. When selecting the printers, admins can choose from a pool of printer drivers provided by ThinPrint or upload their own drivers. The deployment of IT specialists on site, for example in branch offices, is not necessary, nor is the operation of a server.

 

Red Hat to Acquire CoreOS, Expanding its Kubernetes and Containers Leadership

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Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire CoreOS, Inc., an innovator and leader in Kubernetes and container-native solutions, for a purchase price of $250 million, subject to certain adjustments at closing that are not expected to be material. Red Hat's acquisition of CoreOS will further its vision of enabling customers to build any application and deploy them in any environment with the flexibility afforded by open source. By combining CoreOS's complementary capabilities with Red Hat's already broad Kubernetes and container-based portfolio, including Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat aims to further accelerate adoption and development of the industry's leading hybrid cloud platform for modern application workloads.

As applications move to hybrid and multicloud environments, a growing number of organizations are using containers to more easily build, deploy and move applications to, from, and across clouds. IDC noted, "Substantial advances in cloud adoption, simplification, and portability are underway. The demand for cloud continues to grow, and enterprises now anticipate that cloud architecture will dominate their spending for the next several years. With the growing sophistication of containers, customers are looking to their application platform providers to help them use containers to transition and extend existing production applications to be useful in public or private cloud."

E8 Storage Launches First Software Only Product to Power NVMe Storage Solution

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Today, E8 Storage launched its new E8 Storage Software only product offering, available for a selected range of pre-qualified servers from vendors such as Dell, HP and Lenovo.

Powering the company's high-performance, high-availability shared NVMe storage solutions, the E8 Storage Software is now available as a software only purchase for customers to install on their supported hardware of choice.

"Enterprises require ever faster infrastructure to handle both new and existing applications, and meeting that need can be complex and expensive," said Tim Stammers, Senior Analyst, Storage, 451 Research.  "E8 Storage is pioneering the use of NVMe flash and a software-defined architecture to address this problem. Allowing customers to run E8 Storage's software on their choice of commodity hardware increases their ability to control costs, as well as making deployments more flexible."